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- Executive Ascending: HPís Bethany Mayer Leading the Crucial Cloud Charge Feb 27 Iíve often found it fascinating that women who run companies seem to avoid promoting other women to top spots. HP is clearly breaking that trend by quietly promoting Bethany Mayer to what may be the most powerful and influential spot in HP, short of CEO Meg Whitmanís. Mayer is now the head of Network Functions Virtualization, which sounds kind of boring until you read the small print that says this group brings together HPís Cloud, Enterprise Services and Enterprise Groups. Coverage on this hasnít been extensive, but Iíve known Mayer for some time now and I can attest personally to her high competence and capability. She truly is one of the best employees at HP, or anyplace, for that matter.
- IBM and Lenovo: The Backstory Behind this Powerful Server/PC Partnership Feb 26 Last week I had a chance to chat with Adalio Sanchez, who runs what was the IBM X86 server group and is moving with that group to Lenovo as a result of Lenovo acquiring IBMís X86 server group. Iíve always enjoyed chatting with Sanchez. He is a no-BS kind of guy, which I find incredibly refreshing. Sanchez and I go back over a decade, to when he ran the IBM PC Company and I was selected for the advisory council. Iím ex-IBM myself and Iíve remained fascinated with IBM for most of my life. We chatted at length about the Lenovo opportunity. This move changed Lenovo from a client-only company to a viable server provider. It is interesting that the acquisition of the X86 server group by Lenovo brings a lot of folks who used to work together back together. Letís explore this partnership a bit more this week.
- McAfee Goes Nuclear with Threat Intelligence Exchange Feb 19 The Target breach was a wake-up call for the entire business world, showcasing that good enough security really isnít good enough. That attack came in through a trust relationship with an outside vendor and did massive damage to Targetís brand and revenue. It also showcased that traditional security methods are simply inadequate for todayís risks. With todayís militarized malware, traditional IT security approaches will not respond fast enough to a penetration to effectively neutralize it.
- Mobile's Year of Living Big, Strong and Superpowerfully CIO | Mar 3 If the major players have their way, our next generation of phones will be more robust, better connected, more powerful, and lots bigger than our last generation. They will be better integrated into our lives and into our cars to create experiences and provide us with capabilities we can only dream of today. Oh, and they will be beautiful. This will be an amazing year for mobile!
- Everything You Know About Enterprise Security Is Wrong CIO | Feb 28 Whether you're talking about your network, your company's building or your home, a perimeter approach to security is no longer adequate. As McAfee discussed at this week's RSA Conference, you can't provide physical or electronic security simply by trying to prevent authorized access -- you have to rethink all types to security to protect data and lives.
- Twitch integration could be a game changer for Xbox One TG Daily | Feb 27 Xbox One is getting Twitch integration to coincide with the release of the cool looking game Titan Fall (I havenít played it yet). Twitch is basically a game broadcasting service. Remember, Microsoft stood back and watched how Sony did it first with the PS4, which looks wise in hindsight, because the Xbox will (at least initially) do it better.
- Microsoft and Nokia Surprise Google at Mobile World Congress TMCnet | Feb 26 Barcelona, Spain is where the biggest news is happing this week, at an event called Mobile World Congress. This is where everyone that is anyone in mobile, with the exception of Apple who still feels they are above it all, showcases their latest products and strategies. A few months back, Nokia was acquired by Microsoft and while the deal isnít completed yet, it appears both companies wanted to surprise Google with their latest efforts. While surprises can be fun, I doubt Google is very amused. Let me explain.
Rob Enderle on…
IBM buying Cloudant
"Cloudant showcases IBM's continued push to transition into a leading cloud services provider. IBM was largely blindsided by how far and fast Amazon was able to move AWS into IBM's space, and now the firm is racing to acquire the technology, and ... the people, that will allow them to fight back.Ē
"What has made Google so different from other companies over the last 15 years is that Google has a near-monopoly on advertising revenue compared to competitors. ... Microsoft looked at it initially and said there was no money in that. That came back to haunt them.Ē
Facebook acquiring WhatsApp
"This is crazy money. I think they massively overpaid for this. ... They are so worried that they are bleeding users that they are trying to get their user count up by buying companies that have users. But that reminds me so much of some of the strategies of the dotcom era, it's actually giving me chills.Ē
Marissa Mayerís recent focus and moves at Yahoo
"This showcases she is still largely in search of a strategy and is operating very tactically and against Google, likely because she'd like to teach them a lesson for passing her up. I think she's demonstrating why she was passed up instead.Ē
Mayer Moves Search Higher on Yahoo's To-Do List E-Commerce Times
Potential of Bill Gates' new role at Microsoft
"Organize the information of your life...[T]here is an increased need, as we age, to leave behind something meaningful. While Gates was still running the company this was one of the major lab efforts, I have a feeling it got lost over the years. It looks like Bill is going to correct that.Ē
Bill Gates on his new job at Microsoft MarketWatch
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